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What to do in those first few days after an accident

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    So you hit a deer, or a car hit you, or you slid into a pole.  You may have whiplash.  This article is for those people who have been seen in the ER and sent home with a diagnosis of whiplash, or feel that aren’t hurt bad enough to warrant an Emergency Room visit.  If you are at all concerned about your symptoms, please see your doctor. This article is speaking about the muscle and soft tissue injuries that can occur with whiplash.  These are some tips you can use immediately after the injury.

    It is best you see a physiotherapist for treatment, but these are some things to

    start with until your appointment.

    During a collision, your head is moved suddenly on your neck.  The muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues in your neck are not prepared for these sudden movements, and can get overstretched, or strained and sprained.  Like all acute injuries there will be inflammation and pain, and a risk of re-injury for the first 3-10 days.  So for these early days, you might have to modify your job task or hours, rest your neck, avoid lifting, avoid leaning over where your neck muscles have to support your head-your head and brain weigh approximately 11 pounds.  This first time frame is all about resting your neck ligaments and muscles.

    Resting your neck for the first few days is very helpful to healing.  I suggest after you have been up and about-possibly to work, or doing home chores, to lie flat on your back with ice under your neck for 10 minutes. This means usually with one pillow only-you shouldn’t feel “propped up on pillows”. That position actually pushes your head and neck forward-more overstretching.   Just a reminder that our body doesn’t stay strong if we rest too much, so keep this limited to the first few days.

    There are often things we do that we don’t realize can cause strain to your neck.

    • Carrying anything over about 7 lbs will cause strain to the neck muscles.  Choose carefully what you carry, and whatever you do have to carry, use 2 hands and keep it close to your chest.  If you carry bags in one hand for example, that bag is pulling down on those muscles that have been already overstretched.
    • Be aware of how you are sitting both at work, and while driving.  During both activities we are concentrating, and often leaning forward.  You might have to adjust your seat to have more back support, and head support.
    • After a shower, wearing a damp towel on your wet hair adds weight to your head that your neck muscles aren’t up to supporting.  Or vigorously shaking your head to style and dry your hair is too aggressive for the neck.
    • Changing the laundry can be a challenge for the neck-either pulling wet, heavy jeans out of a washer, to looking into that front loading washer  to make sure you got all the socks.  You may have to ask for help with these tasks or make the loads smaller or get right down on your hands and  knees to look into the washer.
    • Unsupported leaning forward or prolonged looking down makes the neck muscles work hard to hold your head up. Tasks that require this are bathing children in the tub, doing dishes, wiping muddy dog feet, reaching down into the freezer.  Frequently our leisure activities have us looking down for long periods, such as texting and playing games on our devices, reading, sewing, doing puzzles.
    • In Alberta climates, there is snow in the winter.  Those first couple of weeks, I would suggest getting help pushing the grocery cart through the snowy parking lot-when we feel good, we don’t realise the effort moving one of those carts takes and it’s especially worse after a fresh snowfall. Also asking for help with shovelling is a good idea-lots of leaning forward looking down, and lifting with shovelling.

    So make sure in those first few days after an accident you rest your neck, and make an appointment to see a physiotherapist.  Our staff at Pursuit Physiotherapy would be happy to help you get back to your normal function,  strength, and comfort level.

    Posted by Leanne Schlachter

    Pursuit Physiotherapy in Red Deer, promotes balanced, healthy living through dedicated, individualized physical therapy for those in pain, unable to participate fully in their daily activities, wanting to maximize their function for work or sport, and wanting to prevent potential problems.

    If it is affecting your quality of life, then we want to help you to optimize your function and minimize your pain.

    We are committed to your health and want to encourage you to be too.

    Connect to Pursuit Physiotherapy.


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    Celebrity Dancer Alex Wood mistaken for 2nd pro on the floor!

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  • As co-owner of Ryde RD Spin Cycling, Alex Wood may have had a slight athletic advantage over even the most physically fit celebrities in the 2019 Celebrity Dance Off.  Wood also trained as a dancer when she was growing up.  Did all that pay off?  Well some of the judges and many of the spectators were under the impression their might be two pros on the floor when Wood and pro partner Peter Samoila performed.  Check out this fast and flawless salsa / cha cha mix.  Amazing doesn’t do it justice!

    My Story…

    I grew up here in Red Deer, this is home. It took me a while to return after high school but I am so happy to be back. I co-own Ryde RD Spin Studio. Red Deer was the perfect place for my husband Dave and I to start our business.

    I studied at Montana Tech and graduated as a petroleum engineer. I met my husband there and we made our way to Calgary for work. After two and half years, I decided that a desk job wasn’t for me so we packed our bags, moved to Asia and travelled overseas. After too much fun in the sun, we decided to move to Red Deer to start Ryde.

    Supporting our clients and the community is very important to us. We’ve hosted many charity Ryde’s including one for the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off.

    Over the next few months, I’ll be putting my travel bug on hold, trading my spin shoes in for dancing shoes, and trying to regain my dancing skills from my teenage years. I’m honored to be a part of this event and passionate about the cause.


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    Celebrity Dance Off an opportunity for Vinnie Taylor to make a wake up call about domestic violence

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  • The charity at the heart of the 2019 Celebrity Dance Off was the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.  The entire reason for this event is to raise money for the charitable cause, but perhaps even more importantly to raise awareness about.  It certainly has raised awareness for the Friends this year… a non-profit that supports our health care system with the creature comforts that turn a hospital room into something more healing.  From toys, books and stuffies for young patients to curtains, carts and monitors.. the Friends do more than most imagine.

    But when Vinnie Taylor and Olya Joseph were paired off at the beginning of the 2019 journey, they discovered another cause dear to their hearts.  The professional communicator and the professional dancer decided they’d try to impact the community in a different way by sharing their own early life experiences with the community.  Both grew up in homes with abuse.  They drew from these brutal experiences to bring a different style of dance to the floor in 2019.  Maybe the fact this performance featured celebrity Vinnie Taylor made it even more astounding.  Anyone expecting the same cheery approach they might hear on Real Country 95.5 would have been shocked.  Many were shocked.  Just look on the faces of those on the edge of the dance floor.  In all the years of the Celebrity Dance Off, this Rumba / Paso Doble by Vinnie Taylor and Olya Joseph was by far the most intense performance we’ve ever seen.  Experience a side of this celebrity you had no idea existed.

    My Story…

    Hi I’m Vinnie Taylor! One half of the Real Wakeup on Real Country 95.5.

    I’m so excited to be dancing this year. I am watching all of the classics, Grease, Dirty Dancing and of course Hairspray. I admit that one of my favourite shows is Dancing with the Stars and I’ve always envisioned myself doing the paso doble. I hope I get to wear a pair of tear away pants.

    I grew up around Alberta and loved living in Red deer. I work with several organizations like 100 men red deer, the United Way, Aspire Special Needs, and Ronald McDonald House. I was Mr. February in Dad Bod For a Rad Cause Movember calendar. Every year I “Walk a mile in her shoes “ for Women’s Outreach Centre.

    I have two left feet so my dance partner has her work cutout. I used to be able to bend over, but not so much anymore. To call this a challenge is definitely an understatement.

    I am very honoured and hope to make everyone proud. Let the dancing begin… cha cha cha!


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